Christmas Crafting Chaos!

The Christmas Crafting Chaos has begun!

P1230399I am not EVEN kidding!  This is what my living room looked like two days ago!

P1230400And there are stacks of bins BEHIND me as I took this photo.  sigh.  It’s not usually THIS bad.  Typically I start working on my Christmas stuff the first of October.  With my carpal tunnel surgery the end of September this year though, I had to put it off for nearly a month.  Sorting inventory between Stars and Farmhouse Rustic, crafting new items and STILL purging stuff I haven’t used for years all at the same time made for quite the mess.

P1230481HALF of the mess in my living room is now gone and has turned into THIS, in my booth at Stars.

P1230425Thanks to my son and his new bride, and the Michael’s gift card they gave me for my birthday, I was able to splurge on a new pre-lit 7′ pencil tree.  Sooooo much skinnier than my old tree that took up about 1/4 of my booth.

P1230418I decided on gold and a ‘woodlands’ theme for my tree this year.

P1230419Gold glittered churches and little cold cherubs aren’t entirely woodland, but the rest of the ornaments are.  See the little gold pine-cone ornaments?Clip pn nests

P1230420Clip on nest ornaments that I made.  Hard to see the color of the eggs in this picture, but they are painted gold then dusted with pixie dust glitter (the really fine iridescent white glitter).

P1230421Gold glitter reindeer.

P1230422A slightly better picture of one of the nests; and gold acorn and pine-cone orns.

P1230424Clip on gold glitter birds, with crowns of course!

P1230423A few over-sized gold and glitter to break up all the small decorations; and some shiney brown glass balls.

P1230427A few extra bird ornaments nestled in a vintage gold urn.


A bowlful of brown pine-cone ornaments and a vintage owl creamer.
P1230413A bowl of big gold jingle-bells and another with mercury glass balls.  How cute is that silver plated nutcracker salt shaker?

P1230415Another vintage owl creamer and owl salt and pepper set.
P1230416Pretty gold trimmed vintage casserole dish and a small dove topped dish.

P1230428Vintage Santa punch or egg nog bowl.

P1230431Lots of boxed sets of vintage glass ornaments.

P1230430Music box; top lifts off with a candy dish below.

P1230435Santa head glass ornaments.

P1230449Under the tree, a basketful of assorted ‘extras’, gold glitter stars, printed ribbon/garland and more of the sheer gold tulle ribbon that I used as garland on my tree.

P1230425The gold tulle ribbon garland is very ‘subtle’ and barely even noticeable in the photos, but it adds a shimmery softness to the overall look of the tree.  I always use tulle as garland in my trees.

Here is the order that I add things to my tree: Lights first of course – tulle garland – bead garlands – BIG ornaments evenly spaced – medium size ornaments – then lastly fill in with your smallest orns.

P1230451Vintage candle stand holds extra ornaments.

P1230452In keeping with the woodland theme, I made several of the gold owls with crowns in the top larger opening.  I filled the rest of this huge cubby shelf with vintage Tom & Jerry mugs, Santa mugs, footed hot toddy mugs  . . .

P1230426A gold Christmas crown of course!

P1230444Vintage baby dolls on a vintage child’s chair.

P1230468Gold decorated vintage ice skate.

P1230436Vintage milk glass serving platters.

P1230437The largest one is embossed with a turkey and gold-rimmed.  What a treasure!

P1230462A set of vintage hand painted turkey salt and pepper shakers with the original box.


Headed out to do some major ‘treasure hunting’ tomorrow, then deliver to Farmhouse Rustic in Oregon City next week.  Last weekend she moved her shop around the corner to a BIGGER space, so I’ll have LOTS MORE stuff to take pictures of to show you!

New batch of small frames. 50% OFF sale reminder.

I typically prefer to gather and re-vamp BIG wall size picture frames, but it’s been pretty slim pickin’s on those lately, so I’ve started rummaging through the smaller frames at thrift stores and estate sales of late.


 Here are some from my most recent batch of made-over frames.

Just aqua paint and some hand sanding on them all.

P1220052I look for frames with interesting embossed details.

P1220056Sometimes the details are ‘just’ in the corners.

P1220061Other times, the whole frame is detailed.

P1220065Even just repetitive grooves add a lot of interest once painted and distressed.


I was in a hurry to get this batch done and into my booth, and decided to forego the ‘pictures’ in most of these frames.  It really doesn’t COST much to add some kind of a picture to them, but it is TIME consuming.


But I still managed to add a ‘little something’ to a few of them!

P1220067Sometimes I do varying shades of aqua / turquoise when I do a batch of frames.  Since each frame was so unique I went with all the same color on all of them this time.

P1220069Really DEEP frames are always a good find too!

P1220333Not so fond of how this one turned out.  Just might have to repaint it white.  We’ll see.


I think I actually liked it BETTER before I repainted it!  You can’t tell in the picture, but the brown part of the frame has a crackled texture to it; kind of looks like alligator skin.


An old, newly repainted berry basket stand was ‘called up’ to serve as the display for the gathering of all the smaller frames.  ( a few of them are from a previous batch)


Layers of frames; a study of contrast.
P1220313This small and sweet vintage metal frame was perfect ‘as found’; I just added a picture.


This batch of larger ‘wall frames’ had originally all been repainted white and distressed.  Alas, they had been sitting in my booth for TOO long without selling, so I brought them home for another make-over.  A quick dry brush with aqua or turquoise paint and a bit more sanding.  Back in my booth just in time for the HALF PRICE SALE.

P1220346I SO wish I had more wall space available so that I could actually ‘display’ them instead of just plopping them on the floor.  Frames are probably my favorite decorating accessory and they sell so much better when ‘properly displayed’.

P1220343Although there is another dealer who has one of those big ole canvas cargo carts in her booth and she just piles all her frames into it.  I constantly see shoppers curiously rummaging through them, hunting for a treasure to take home.

P1220351REMINDER:  EVERYTHING IN MY BOOTH IS 50% OFF THROUGH LABOR DAY MONDAY.  Sale signs are posted in each booth, (and in all 3 stores!) with varying % off.  Perfect way to spend a rainy Labor Day weekend.

P1220361I’ve got lots of vintage little gold frames too!

Half Price ‘Sign of the Month’ in my etsy shop

il_570xN.647524388_ek3jNew month means a new HALF PRICE SIGN OF THE MONTH in my etsy shop.

Regularly $22.00; now just $11.00 while current inventory lasts.

aed9b6da-3eb8-4176-8372-0e33b6927ab0Want MORE “half price action”?  Here you go!!  During the Stars Antique Malls Sidewalk Sale EVERYTHING in MY BOOTH will be 50% off!  Regular prices will show on the price tags; 50% discount will be given at check out.

P1220392As always, my booth is stocked to overflowing!

P1220399Vintage chenille bedspreads!  The bottom one shown is actually a bundle of TWO matching twin spreads.  Very difficult to find matching spreads.  I’m selling these as a SET only.  Regular price is $89.00 for the two.  $45.00 for the two of them during the sale is a STEAL!

P1220346A fresh batch of aqua and turquoise wall frames.

P1220355And lots of smaller ones (4″x 6″ – 8″ x 10″) with backing and glass.

P1220360All the other booths in Stars will be ‘on sale’ too; at varying sale % depending upon the individual dealers.


Ginormous spool of string!


I just like big spools of string!  I had one almost this big once before, but sold it.  This one is almost five pounds worth of string, and I had every intention of keeping it for ME when I tossed it into my cart at the thrift store.

P1220021To give you some perspective on the size of it,  the one in the middle is the ‘biggest’ one I have in my ‘collection’ right now and the one on the right is a ‘quilting’ size spool.

P1220133Alas . . . when I arrived back home reality set in and I realized that I do not have ROOM for it in my collection.  I’ve got two shelves full of spools and I have to get rid of several of them for this to fit.  And it’s really too deep to fit on said shelf. so off to my booth at Stars it has gone!


IF I had room to keep it, I might plop a big jar of threads like one of these, on TOP of it.

1-30-13-stars-projects-029vdfOr maybe set a big vintage wood bowl filled the thread and string spools on top.


Who knows when or IF I will ever find another one this big again.  It’s bound to get grabbed up quickly, so get yourself to Stars if you ‘NEED” it.

Stars is open 7 days a week; 11am – 6pm.

Aqua painting binge


My first ‘binge painting’ in my new place is done, and everything is now stocked in my booth at Stars.


The three shelf spice rack.  I debated painting a design on the back, but nothing really ‘clicked’, so I painted it the same aqua as the shelf.  Lightly hand sanded along the edges to distress.

P1210781A reminder of how it looked originally.

P1210809In progress.  This is what it looked like after the first coat of paint.  You really don’t need ‘perfect’ coverage on the first coat.  As you can see, I removed the backing; originally because I was going to paint a design on it.  But even if I had initially planned to just paint it to match the rest of the shelf, I’d have removed it to make painting easier.

P1210810With the back removed you have far LESS little corners to paint and you can reach the shelved from the front and back.  And the backing takes about 15 seconds to paint with a roller.  SO, even accounting for the time involved in removing and replacing the backing; you have saved time overall.

P1210818The frame.


First I spray painted it flat black, then two coats of aqua brushed on.

P1210819I intentionally avoided getting the aqua paint down into all the carved details for some contrast.  Once dry, I hand sanded along the raised edges.

P1210817The little 3 drawer jewelry chest.  I gave it different knobs . . . thought about painting the knobs to match, but decided not to.  If it doesn’t sell like this I can always bring it home and paint them.  I used a turquoise spray paint on this one.

P1210764The before.

P1210815The ‘to paint or not to paint’ conundrum strikes again!  It was just TOO plain with nothing on the front.  These resin medallions were all I could find that would fit with the non-removable knobs.  Added them as an after thought . . .paint them?

P1210839After walking away from it and coming back later, I decided it was too much contrast o leave them ‘as is’.  Opted to dry brush paint them to allow some of the black show through.


Just what it needed!P1210853

The inside is fully painted too . . . .


Because it HAD to be!  If the inside had been white or any other complimentary color, I could have left it.  I actually PREFER the inside a different color . . . just not when it means MORE work for me.  (especially on such a small piece!)

P1210845This one ‘needs something’  . . . . but I failed to find that something.  We’ll see if it sells ‘as is’ and if not I’ll re-address the embellishment conundrum.

P1210911The top had a few flaws that were still visible after painting, so I stenciled a fleur design in a darker turquoise . . . and hated how it looked!  The contrast was TOO much.  Grabbed my paint roller and started painting over it and  . . . . . OH WAIT!!  It looks better partially painted over . . . kind of a faded look.  Old

P1210912Old dictionary pages glued to the bottom of the muddy brown drawers.

P1210828The before.  The designs on the front were ‘papered on’, but sanded of pretty easily.  The KNOBS were not removable unfortunately.  Had they been, I would have filled the holes and added new ones, centered on the drawers.

P1210844The doll clothes wardrobe;  just painted it, no embellishments.

P1210824Even though it was unfinished wood, it still required some ‘prep work’ before painting.  Raw wood will really absorb dirt and oils from usage, so if it looks dirty or grimey; give it a good sanding before you paint.  As with the spice rack, I painted the backing separately BEFORE attaching it.

P1210847The Cafe do Paris tray was a half-finished project from another time.  It had been base coated black, so all I had to do was paint it and stencil the design on.  The black ‘edging’ was done with the paint leftover on my stenciling sponge.

P1210836Not entirely sold on the color I used for the upcycled candle holder finial.  It’s one of those little free samples that Lowes has coupons for every so often.  It’s almost a periwinkle . . . we’ll see if it sells, if not I can always repaint it!

P1210790A quick rummaging through my stash of decorative curtain rod ends produced this piece which worked perfectly as a ‘topper’.

P1210791I just glued it on with tacky glue.  The candle well was deep enough that I didn’t need to remove the screw.

P1210989I typically try to put the ‘new stock’ at the front on my booth when I restock.  Reason being, most shoppers just ‘glance as they walk by’ as they walk up and down the aisles in the antique mall . . . until something ‘catches their eye’ and draws them in for a closer look.   And for those who come in on a regular basis, you want them to see NEW things every time they visit.

P1210991I’ve still got some white and cream color furniture pieces.  Some of those are grouped together down the back side of my booth.

P1210990I tired to ‘gradually’ phase into the new aqua pieces as you move around to the front of the booth.

P1210951Little gold grouping inside the doll wardrobe.

P1210958The little 3 drawer piece fit nicely tucked under a small table; the top piece in a stack of three.

P1210957I LOVE this little white shelf with a drawer!  I have not idea what it is.  My best guess is that it was used in the kitchen for cook books and the drawer for recipe cards.  It’s been in my booth for quite a while.  Might be time to bring it home and paint it aqua.

P1210962Layers!  I always display in layers!  So if the Cafe de Paris sign and little  cupboard with doors sells; there is more product behind it so it I don;t have too much bare space.

P1210988More layers.
P1210960Come on by and check out  the new stuff!

The foot stools and the jars

P1210728The smaller of the two footstools (the one that had the needlepoint top).  This was my first attempt at stenciling on fabric, and I am pleased to say it worked PERFECTLY!  This fabric is kind of a cross between a muslin and burlap.  Large, but tight weave with a good amount of ‘body’.  (This fabric is actually a scrap piece leftover from a maternity top I made over 33 years ago!)  I ironed the fabric and starched it a bit with some spray starch.  Stenciled the design on the fabric BEFORE attaching the fabric to the stool, just in case I made a ‘boo-boo’.  Once dry, I used a staple gun to attach the fabric.

P1210783The wood frames on both stools was exactly the same (just different sizes) so I decided to make them in coordinated fabrics.


Black velvet with little gold crosses seemed ‘Parisian’ enough to me!

P1210802I spray painted the legs on both of them with flat black and opted to NOT distress them.

P1210804The undersides of upholstered items like this are typically a bit ‘unsightly’.  Being one who seems compelled to always looks ‘under and inside’ everything, I try to make those parts ‘pleasing to the eye’ as well.  On this one I cut the fabric long enough to completely cover the underside.

P1210784Much better than seeing THIS, don’t you think?

P1210805The finished pair; priced separately.

P1210808I’m quite content with how they both turned out.

P1210801On to the two little jars.  First I spray painted the lids with flat black, then a quick clear satin spray to protect the paint since the lids will be handled a lot.

P1210812These are the smallest of this type of jar that I’ve ever found.  Not really much room to add a label of any kind, so I went ‘quick and simple’.  A piece of tea stained ribbon and a repro skeleton key.

P1210814I always keep a stash of tea stained muslin strips on hand.  Which reminds me that I need to make a new batch SOON, as they dry so much better in the hot sun.

P1210635You can see some of the other larger jars with the same kind of ‘lids with handles’ that are currently stocked in my booth at Stars.







I’ll just tuck the newest smaller ones in amongst these.

P1210855I actually did this giant carved wood fork and spoon a while ago, and set them aside.   Now that I have some other black items to take in, I’ll take them also.  Items typically sell better when displayed with similarly themed items.

Beach cottage decor just stocked at Stars

I usually stock my ‘beachy’ stuff at the beginning of summer.  A bit late this year with my move and all.

P1210669Better late than never. I guess!

P1210645I filled this glass conservatory with assorted glass bottles topped with shells and starfish; and placed a sea-glass wreath over the top.

P1210646I made several of these wreaths in various colors a few years ago when I found a great buy on the sea-glass.  The BIG ones like this are $35.00; take about a week to make.

P1210647Closer look at the bottles in the conservatory.

P1210648There is a specific name for this kind of ‘shell collage’ that I made on a candle pedestal, but it’s escaping me right now.  The little three section frame, I added turquoise paper and glued shells and starfish on.

P1210650I filled the big birdcage with shell topped bottles and some shells and starfish on tall candlesticks.

P1210651Closer look at the shells in the cage.

P1210649Some small apothecary jars filled with shells too.

P1210652The smaller sea-glass wreaths are $13.00 – $19.00

P1210666Vintage ceramic clam shell bowls.

P1210681These framed shells are on a sand paper backing.

P1210682A small framed shell and a photo of a shell.

P1210680Upcycled beach lantern.

P1210683Another sand paper backed shell collage; shell topped cloches, shell filled and topped jar and a jute wrapped candle jar with starfish.

P1210685Old rope and starfish wreath.

P1210686Starfish and grapevine wreath.

P1210687Burlap and jute wrapped wreath with shells.



Granny foot stools – Outdated / UPdated

P1180263Granny’s old needlepoint topped foot stool.

P1180261I thought about saving and selling the needlepoint after I removed it.  But the ‘donation pile’ was screaming for more; and the donation pile won!

P1180262Although the wood frame is pretty banged up, it’s still plenty sturdy.

P1180264And I really like the flower carvings on the sides.

P1180265ALWAYS REMEMBER!  When considering purchasing something like this to ‘re-do’ to TURN IT OVER, and be sure the existing top is easily removable.  This one was!  Just two screws and DONE!

P1180266This one was too!

P1180267This square one has tapestry fabric (monkeys?!?!?)

P1180270Similarly styled base, sans the pretty carvings; but in better condition.


I added some extra ‘fluff’ (a small pillow form) to the square one and selected some vintage calico-like fabric to cover it with. Perfect for propping up your tired footsies at the end of a long hard day!

P1200840I HAD to repaint the base to this one; it was so badly damaged.  Opted for white since the other one was brown.  A pretty aqua, tan and white paisley fabric suited the vintage feel of this one.

P1200844The bigger one on the bottom here was pretty much ‘just a set of legs’ (but they were easily removable!)  I don’t even remember what the original stool looked like; just the it was VERY grungy.  It had several layers of old fabric and batting that were just GROSS!  And the wood was stained too, so I took off the legs and tossed the rest.  Had Michael cut a new wood base for me and covered it from scratch.  All you need is a good staple gun!


All three stools have gone to my booth at Stars.


My NEW Baby!!!

Isn’t she absolutely adorable?!?!?!

f9b779884f971dfd73f8aca1c9bc5135This is a picture I found on-line since I am still cleaning mine up.  But I found this EXACT mixer with the two matching bowls at the thrift store today.  The biggest bowl has a chip in it though.

I have wanted a ‘pretty’ stand mixer; pretty enough to leave sitting out on the counter, for as long as I can remember.  And it works!!  But I can’t get the beaters out?!?!?  Even Michael tried to no avail.  I looked around on-line for old instruction manuals (it’s a 1950’s version) to see if there was a secret to getting the beaters out.  No luck there either.

Finally cam across a you-tube video of how to use the juicer attachment (which I do not have).  Decided to watch and see if maybe they showed how to remove the beaters.  They just pulled them out!  But they were hard to get out in the video too.  So, maybe I’ll be able to get them out after I get it all cleaned up.  Lots of ‘grease marks’ all over it to clean.


Yep!  I finally found a place. . . . AND it has an attached garage!  Hallelujah for that garage!!  So, now it’s full steam ahead on the packing.

Seems like I have been ‘packing and purging’ for forEVER already.  feels so good to finally have an end in sight.  And I can’t wait to make the new place ‘my own’ and share the pictures and progress with you all here in my blog.

I’ve been heavily stocking my space at Stars in anticipation of my upcoming move.

P1200868I’ve got it full enough right now that I shouldn’t need to take in any more inventory until after I get moved.  All the furniture in my booth is stacked 2-3 pieces high, so I’ll just lower the stacks as things sell, and rearrange and tidy up every week as needed.

P1200919Took in a HUGE stack of frames last week!

P1200918Some really BIG gold frames, behind the big distressed framed chalk boards.


A few ‘word cloud’ chalk boards; but the more popular name for these seems to be ‘speech bubbles’.  Great fun to use for photos at parties.


A couple of vintage styled dry erase boards.


And still MORE frames!

P1200856Here is a better look at a grouping of white and gold distressed frames that are a bit hidden in the above pictures.

P1200857It’s been ages since I’ve had a lot of frames in stick so they are bound to sell quickly!

P1200798How cute is this vintage pair of suede shoes!?!?

P1200871One of a kind teddy bear lamp that I made.

P1200842Over-stuffed ‘granny’ foot stool.


And a couple more vintage foot stools; newly reupholstered.

P1200931I’ve built up quite the collection of vintage cream pitchers and sugar bowls.

P1200874And plenty of ‘butter bells’.  I LOVE my butter bell.  Keeps the butter nice and soft and FRESH without refrigeration.

P1200875And look at this CUTIE PATOOTIE mini butter bell with it’s mama!!!

P1200889Replenished the vintage Milk Glass dishes.  The gold rimmed ones are SO pretty!

P1200890Milk glass bowls and custard cups.

P1200891Pretty scalloped Milk Glass fruit cups and a creamer.

P1200893Gold rimmed serving bowl and a lace edge Milk Glass candy dish.  I’ve got several of the candy dished in this small size and a larger size.  Perfect for your party candy buffet!

P1200892Adorable Milk Glass egg cups.

P1200894LOTS of vintage Ironstone in stock too.

P1200877Dessert / Hors d’ourves size stoneware plates for your next party.  So much nicer to use than paper plates.

P1200880And of course Ironstone BOWLS.  Bowls always seem to sell the fastest.

P1200879And I’m well stocked on several sizes and styles of stoneware bowls and ramekins.

P1200878Including these extra BIG Ironstone soup/cereal bowls.

P1200873Plenty of white Ironstone canisters, utensil crocks and covered casserole dishes too.

P1200876Several sets of white stoneware napkin rings too!  Chickens, bunnies, kittens and plain ones.

P1200923And for those warm summer nights when you want to languish on the patio . . . this big rusty rooster is a candle lantern! One wing lifts up to place a candle inside.

P1200911So, fret not if you don’t hear much from me for the next month or so.  I’ve got a few posts ‘written and ready to publish’ saved up so I’ll have SOME new content to add.  But I’m going to be pretty much buried in bubble wrap and boxes for the next month.  Wish me luck!

Mid Century modern canister set

Gosh, this canister set has been buried in my craft room for EVER.  I was in one of my ‘use it or toss it’ (into the donation box) organize the craft room moods when I happened upon it.  Told myself to DO something with it right NOW, or donate it.  I didn’t even stop to take a before picture.  They were that fake wood grain color AND texture.  gag!

P1190253They needed to be painted, inside and out, so spray paint was the best option.  Turquoise for the canisters and white for the lids.

P1190256I think they still maintain that ‘mid-Century’ vibe, don’t you?


 Available to purchase in my booth at Stars for $19.00.


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